Jody and I were just talking about the fact that it has only been four days since Angela has been home, it seems so hard to believe. She is already one of us and it has been an amazing fit so far.
A week ago today (actually a little more than a week now UA time) was gotcha day. The picture of Angela in her snowsuit is just before she left the orphanage for the last time as a resident. Sunday evening we played ball and with her favorite plastic farm animals as she settled into the apartment.
Monday we headed to Kiev at 5AM and Angela stayed awake for pretty much the whole ride. One of her caretakers told us she was hard to get to sleep, this is a colossal understatement. We made two trips to the embassy and one to the embassy medical clinic on Monday. By 3:15PM we had the visa in hand and got our flight confirmation shortly after. I kept Angela up til nearly 10 so she would sleep on our flight Tuesday. We were back up by 2:30 AM to head to Boryspil Intl Airport. By 6AM we were headed from Kiev to Frankfurt. Angela slept about 45 minutes on that flight.
By the time we arrived in Frankfurt, Angela was getting tired and grumpy, the TSA official was determined that Angela had to remove her coat which led to a minor meltdown in the airport. After a three hour layover we were on the 747 to Chicago. Angela slept about 30 minutes as the plane made its original ascent, but then she was up for the duration. At about the four and a half hour mark Angela had a major meltdown for about 20 minutes or so. She was sobbing and dripping these giant alligator tears, I felt awful and I’m pretty sure the people around me thought I was pinching her. After that she was grumpy but held it together really well for the rest of the flight.
We had one more connection at Chicago where we met a bunch of really great people from New Life Assembly in Kearney who had been doing some work in India. It was great to bump into some people from home after having been away for so long. The flight from Chicago to Omaha was smooth. We arrived in Omaha and were finally united for the first time as a family (our whole family).
We stayed in Omaha on Tuesday night. We planned on Angela hating the water, but she loved swimming and swam in her PJ’s for about an hour on Tuesday night. We swam again on Wednesday and she was pretty freaked out about how a swimsuit works but once she hit the water she was in good shape. We had a blast and also got a bunch of (American) paperwork done. We’ve been settling in since then and things are good.
We will continue to update on a few things. Kyle is experiencing jet lag and adjusting back to work at CSF.